The SI scholarship for global professionals is aimed at training future global leaders who will support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations and sustainable development. The applicants should have a clear notion of how their study will assist towards the sustainable development of their home nations and areas. About 350 master’s degree scholarships will be awarded by the Swedish Institute in 2022 for study in Sweden.
The SI scholarship for global professionals is supported by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is designed for full-time, one- or two-year master’s programs. The Swedish Institute releases an annual call for applications for master’s programs starting in the fall semester. To ensure that your application is successful, ensure that you are eligible, finish the process in its entirety, and possess all the necessary papers. The pages that follow should be carefully read.
Overview of the SI Scholarship for Global Professionals
You must be a national of one of the 42 countries that qualify for the SI Scholarship for Global Professionals, as well as possess acceptable documentation of your work history and leadership experience. You must also adhere to the procedures for applying to the university and be timely admitted to one of the master’s programs.
Component of the SI Scholarship for Professionals
Full payment of tuition – Your Swedish university receives the payment straight from SI at the start of each semester.
A $10,000 payment every month to support your living costs during the study duration.
Insurance – protection from disease and mishap.
Grant for travel. This is a one-time fee, and students who are currently residing in Sweden are not subject to it.
The SI scholarship for global professionals includes a travel grant of SEK 15,000 for the duration of the study period for students from Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, or Zimbabwe.
For the duration of the study time, a travel allowance of SEK 15,000 is included in the scholarship.
The scholarship includes a travel allowance totaling SEK 10,000 for the duration of the study year for applicants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russian Federation, and Ukraine.
membership in the SI Network for Future Global Professionals (NFGP), a tool that will assist you in developing your career while you are in Sweden.
You join the SI Alumni Network once your scholarship time has completed. You have a special chance to continue networking and advance your career as a member.
The scholarship does not:
Offer additional grants to relatives.
Cover university admissions application fee.
Allow for modification of study plan – only the awarded master’s program is something we can help you with.
Permit the alteration or extension of the scholarship period.
Eligibility and Admission Criteria
You must be a national of a nation that is qualified to receive a SI scholarship. You are not required to be a resident of the nation at the time of application, though.
Admissions to Universities
To qualify, you must be eligible to enroll in one of the approved master’s programs, have completed the university admissions process, and be responsible for paying tuition to Swedish universities.
A minimum of 3,000 hours of proven work experience is required. Furthermore, you must have civil society involvement, your present or prior workplace, or other evidence of leadership experience.
Master’s Degree Courses
There are 600 master’s degree programs offered in English. The list of master’s programs that are acceptable for the SISGP call for applications may be seen here.
You must be qualified for SI scholarships for the master’s programs you are applying to. We prioritize programs within a particular subject.
You are ineligible if:
You possess a minimum two-year cumulative residence in Sweden prior to the scholarship year
Formerly received a scholarship from the Swedish Institute for master’s-level study or research at a Swedish university or university college. Students who have previously taken part in the SI Summer Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP), SI summer language courses, or the Swedish Institute Summer University (SISU), may still apply;
Already possess a degree from a university or institution in Sweden;
Are presently enrolled in a study program at a university or college in Sweden;
possess Swedish or EU/EEA citizenship, a Swedish permanent residence permit, a temporary work- and residence permit based on family links with a Swedish/EU/EEA citizen who has a right of residence in Sweden on a temporary or permanent basis, or
Possess dual nationality in nations that aren’t on the DAC’s list of ODA beneficiaries.
NB: Students who are dual citizens of Romania and the EU may still apply for scholarships; they must specify which citizenship qualifies for the scholarship when submitting applications to SI and university admissions.
In your application, you must:
Have the capacity to pay tuition at Swedish universities.
Have submitted your master’s program application fee to University Admissions by the due date.
Be accepted (or conditionally accepted) into one of the qualifying master’s programs.
Previous Work Experience
You must have at least 3,000 hours of work experience under your belt from no more than three different organizations or enterprises in order to qualify for Global Professionals. Both full-time and part-time employment, such as that held as an employee, employer, or freelancer, counts as acceptable work experience for Global Professionals.
The experience in your application must be certified. Your application will be rejected if you do not already have the necessary amount of work experience. However, being employed at the time of application is not mandatory.
NB: Candidates with a good professional experience will be given preference, and it will also be a merit if you can provide a letter of reference demonstrating your engagement in networks or civil society organizations outside of your normal work.
You must be able to demonstrate your prior leadership experience in addition to your employment history. The experience may be shown, for instance, by prior employment experience or participation in networks or organizations of the civil society.
A mission to impact the development strategy for the organization you work for, the authority to assign tasks to coworkers, and familiarity with decision-making processes are all examples of leadership expertise.
Note: There is no need for the minimum amount of hours for leadership experience. However, candidates with significant and pertinent leadership experience from employment will be given preference.
Other than the ones that are required, we won’t evaluate any other documents. Use the forms provided by SI, and be sure to submit your application in English. Otherwise, we won’t continue to review your application.
Academic Resume (CV)
A CV shouldn’t be longer than three pages. You must choose the prior experiences that are pertinent to your application. The evaluation will not take into account additional pages.
Every letter of recommendation needs to have the referee’s signature and the official stamp of the organization or notary office. The letters must be typed, printed, signed, and sealed before being compiled into a single PDF file and uploaded.
There must be two distinct letters of recommendation.
One of the letters needs to be based on employment history (mandatory).
Evidence Leadership and Work Performance
You must provide written evidence of your employment and leadership experience. The referee’s signature and the authorized stamp of the referred organization or a notary office should be placed on the work and leadership form. Kindly note, that the form(s) must be typed, printed, signed, and stamped before being combined into a single PDF file and uploaded.
Means of Identification – International Passport/National ID Card
A copy of your current passport or national ID card must be included with the application. It must prominently display your personal information, such as your name, citizenship, and photo. Again, you are in charge of making sure you have a duplicate of your passport or current national ID card at the time of application. A copy of your passport must be uploaded to the online application portal.